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Shape of Water, Dunkirk front-runners as Oscars nominations released

Shape of Water, Dunkirk front-runners as Oscars nominations released

Guillermo del Toro's fishy romance "The Shape of Water" scored the most nominations (13), including bids for best picture, director and actress, and it's continuing to look a lot like del Toro will be taking home that best director statue.

In the best actress category, Hawkins has competition from Frances McDormand ("Three Billboards"), Margot Robbie ("I, Tonya"), Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird") and Meryl Streep ("The Post").

After being snubbed at the Golden Globes, directors Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig both scored nominations for Get Out and Lady Bird, both of which are also favourites for best picture.

Battle for best supporting actress will be among Mary J. Blige ("Mudbound"), Allison Janney ("I, Tonya"), Leslie Manville ("Phantom Thread"), Laurie Metcalf ("Lady Bird") and Octavia Spencer ("The Shape of Water").

"Mudbound" director Dee Rees, though not recognized in that category, became the first black woman in 45 years - and the second ever - to be nominated for an original screenplay Oscar.

SURPRISE: Denzel Washington for "Roman J. Israel, Esq.": Washington's portrayal of a lawyer caught in a moral quagmire left critics lukewarm and didn't make much of an impact at the box office, yet it has earned the beloved actor his ninth Oscar nomination and sixth in the Best Actor category. His latest film, already the victor of three big awards, has swept the Academy Awards nominations with a total of 13. "Thank you from a full heart". I would have been delighted to see The Big Sick crack the Best Picture race (though the Best Original Screenplay nod is a pretty good consolation prize). Next to The Dark Knight and The Incredibles, this is the third superhero movie to ever be nominated for an award outside of technical categories such as visual effects, sound, and whatnot. With a movie that combines so many genres emotionally, none of these things were easy or safe.

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Alan Pardew picked up his first win as West Brom manager last weekend, helping the club with its first game since August 19. He gave me the opportunity to springboard and score that many goals for the club, and no-one can take that away from me.

Gary Oldman's performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour landed him a best actor nod. Peele is the fifth black directing nominee; none have won, including "Moonlight" 's Barry Jenkins.

Several other films nominated in various categories featured actors familiar to Potter fans.

Peele had a great day: He was also nominated for best original screenplay, Get Out got a coveted best picture nod, and star Daniel Kaluuya is nominated for best actor, which ought to be enough for Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish (she announced the awards alongside Andy Serkis) and the rest of us to learn how to pronounce his name (). So that means Oscar's would-be "Year of the Superhero" only amounted to two total nominations.

960 WELI Radio Host, Vinnie Penn sits down with News 8 to discuss this year's nominations for the 90th Academy Awards. I directed her in a play off-Broadway.

Sweeping British World War Two drama "Dunkirk", from Warner Bros., followed with eight nominations, including for director Christopher Nolan. Movie attendance hit a 24-year low in 2017 despite the firepower of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2". "Its specialty label, Fox Searchlight, is behind both "Three Billboards" and "The Shape of Water", and Fox released The Post". The fact that it connected with audiences is exhilerating, and this nomination proves that our love is real.

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